Music is a big part of most people’s lives. It can often provide the soundtrack to whatever we’re doing, whether it’s working up a sweat in the gym, concentrating on some work, or celebrating with friends.
While we often choose the music to match our mood, scientists have been trying to understand whether music can actually have an influence on our moods and emotions. Specifically, researchers have been hoping to find ways to use music to improve the moods of patients.
Just like how we know colours can affect our mood, scientists are fairly confident there is a link, but it’s proving more difficult to understand exactly how it works. For example, research conducted by Durham University and the University of Jyväskylä found that listening to sad music can provide both positive and negative emotions with listeners.
Other research has found that upbeat music can bring more positive emotion to people, but sad music may help people who are going through personal loss.
Some research has suggested that music can have an influence on your heart rate, although claims that it heart “synchronises to the beat” are unlikely to be true. However, some research has suggested that people that sing together synchronise their breathing.
Music is thought to stimulate the fight or flight response in the brain, helping recovery from psychological stress.
In the absence of concrete conclusions from research, it’s probably best to assume that the best approach for controlling moods through music is best done in accordance with the preference of each individual.
The almost endless variety of music means that we have access to songs for every occasion. Music that we listen to while we’re getting ready for a party may be different to the songs we put on when trying to concentrate.
Getting in the Zone
Outside of a clinical environment, using music to control our mood is commonplace. You’ll find offices around the world filled with workers who sit listening to music through their headphones. While university libraries are also packed with students hunched over textbooks and laptops, using music to help their concentration.
Music can have such an effect on our mood, it’s also often used by athletes to help them get focused ahead of a competition. Formula 1 drivers are regularly seen listening to music through headphones before getting into their car for a race. Similarly, poker players often use music to help them focus during games. However, in both cases the choice of music will vary depending on personal preference, and it often is a reflection of their own personality with some choosing fast up beat songs and others preferring more classical, calming tunes.
Friday and Saturday nights usually see hoards of people descend on pubs, bars, and clubs, all looking to have a good time with friends and destress after a busy week of work. Music plays a big part of this, with DJs usually given the job of setting the tone for the establishment.
Some research has suggested that the loud music of these venues encourages customers to drink more, and therefore spend more.
Just listening to music, regardless of the environment can have similar effects. This can be because of the upbeat nature of the song or because it can bring back memories of a happy moment in your life.
Going further, research by Mark Reybrouck, Piotr Podlipniak, and David Welch in Frontiers in Psychology has hypothesised that listening to loud music can activate an “oceanic feeling”, a term used to describe a feeling of being “limitless”. Their research found that music, when played loudly, appeared to activate primitive reactions in the brain.
While scientists clearly have much more work to do, they have demonstrated that our moods can be affected by the music we listen to. There have been several contradictory findings about the type of music that is best for improving the mood, so it perhaps may simply be down to personal preference.
It’s clear from the fact that so many people find that music helps them concentrate, get into the zone or feel better that it is an effective tool for boosting our mood.
Hip hop is one of the thrilling music genres to listen to. It has transformed over the years with a new type of hip hop hitting the airwaves over the past 10 years. Here are some of the hip hop banger that took the world with a storm:
This has to be one hip hop banger that had both lovers and non-lovers of hip-hop hands up in the air. It featured Wiz Khalifa, Miley Cyrus and Juicy J with audio done by Mike Will Made It and video by Hanna Lux Davis. It was released on September 2013 by Interscope Records. The song was basically about Air Jordans and drug use. The song has garnered 864million views on YouTube.
This too caught the attention of most hip-hop lovers in Kenya. It featured the ever-gorgeous Tinashe and Schoolboy Q. The audio was made by Dj Mustard.
We credit Hannah Lux Davis for its video too. It was released on January 2014. To date, it has earned over 172 million views on YouTube.
Featuring the ever-energetic multi-talented Chris Brown, Usher and Gucci Mane. Directed by Chris Brown and Riveting Entertainment it was more of a dance song. It featured the famous dancing duo Ayo and Teo and Kida the Great. It was released on December 2016. Up to today, it has garnered over 253 million views on YouTube. It still remains to be one of the best dance hip hop ever.
As much as it only has 91 million views on YouTube it was one of the best rap videos to ever be created. It featured Meek Mill and Rick Ross. It had its audio produced by Jahlil beats and video by Benny Boom.
It was released on August 2011. The song was basically about taking charge of your own life and creating your own rules. Its beats were off the roof.
The Art of Music Foundation celebrated 10 years since inception with stellar performances headlined by Polish music composer, conductor and producer JIMEK (Radzimir Debski) and top Kenyan Orchestras.
The Foundation which was represented by the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya, Ghetto Classics and the Safaricom Youth Orchestra was also joined on stage by renowned Mexican pianist Jorge Viladoms. The celebration started with a Gala dinner on the evening of 30th November at the Trademark Hotel, followed by an open concert on the afternoon of 1st December at Amani Gardens in Karura Forest.
“10 years ago I would never have thought that we would come this far. We have had lots of challenges along the way, however, we have been able to overcome them due to the optimism of the 1,500 children under our guidance and care. We started with nothing more than faith and hope for a brighter future and the support we have received from donors, local and international musicians and the Safaricom International Jazz Festival has been priceless,” said Elizabeth Njoroge, Director, Art of Music Foundation.
JIMEK and Viladoms who have come to Kenya at different times for Safaricom International Jazz Festival have been collaborating with Art of Music Foundation by doing voluntary music classes with the children over the years.
“The Ghetto Classics music programme has been a beneficiary of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival since 2014 and has received KES 60 million, funds that have benefitted over 1,500 children from Nairobi and Mombasa.” Said Sylvia Mulinge, Chief Customer officer, Safaricom.
“Playing Hip Hop on classical instruments is something you have to practice for a long time before you get it right, which the orchestra does and it shows the kind of talent these young musicians have. I would like to congratulate Elizabeth and her team for work well done,” said JIMEK.
JIMEK was one of the headliners for the 2018 edition of Safaricom International Jazz Festival. He has worked on several projects with Ghetto Classics, among them, producing a song for Ghetto Classics member Cyndicate Kabei, titled Asante.
In addition, the Pole has donated KES 800,000 to cater for the needs of the children which was part of a cash prize he won at the Polish Film Academy Awards for best score to Sztuka Kochania/ Art of Loving in 2018.
Viladoms has been working closely with Ghetto Classics for four years and has committed to take 14 members of the music program to play alongside his students at the Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland in January 2020.
King of slow jam, Kenny Lattimore is expected to grace Kenya in August this year.
According to numerous sources, the American R&B singer and songwriter who’s behind popular songs like; For you, stay on your mind, love me back, never too busy, days like this among many others, will be performing early August at the Kasarani indoor arena.
The celebrated Grammy award nominee boasts of a total of 10 studio albums, the latest being ‘Vulnerable’, which he released in 2017.
Sultry Uganda lass Juliana Kanyomozi serves all sorts of hair inspo.
A quick glance at her social media, is all the inspiration you need in 2018, to upgrade your look.
Here is an unknown fact about the beauty. According to Last FM, Juliana is a princess in Uganda for the fact that she is a first cousin to King Oyo of the Toro Kingdom in Uganda, a fact that many people in Uganda do not know.
Willy Paul has been advertising his new song featuring Harmonize just after Diamond Platimumz launched his album in Kenya a few weeks ago saying he is yet to sign a few Kenyan artistes and even open up a recording label.
Well, Willy Paul just posted a picture on his social media and with the caption :
Just joined the club
From the comments, his fans are wondering what club he means he has joined the secular world or does it mean he has finally joined the Wasafi team? I don’t know about you but if so this is about to set the world on fire with a lot of backlash.
Their beautiful voices attract the ears of their listeners.
They are outstanding and always do it to their best ability. Elani is among the most adorable groups in town with a huge number of fans.
‘Love you’ which is their most recent song got everyone falling in love as it talks about the journey of being in love once one finds the right person. Most of us, if not all want to find that person we can call our lover at some point in life. This was a great hit.
Their beauty and passion is encouraging and inspiring to anyone who aspires to join the music industry. The fact that they have worked in unity way since they began singing is a great and unique move as many would expect them to part ways just like the other groups. Despite having other occupations to work on, the three have worked without failure to ensure their game stays up in the industry.
Their collabo with various artist including Jose Chameleone from Uganda and Jaguar have never been disappointing and so far so good they are doing great.
They promise to drop a new album soon which will definitely be a big bang. We all are looking forward to this one.
Kenya’s wealthiest singer Akothee, real name, Esther Akoth seems to be doing very well for herself in terms of music and family.
Other than music, Akothee is a doting mother to 5 amazing children, three girls and two boys who are from different fathers and has in the past professed to enjoying her life as a single mother.
Akothee was set to walk down the aisle back in 2016 and was even expecting twins with her then Swiss fiancé, but sadly, she collapsed at a Geneva train station and miscarried.
Akothee has since picked up the pieces and has been very active in the music industry, dropping hit after hit, though her recent song Tucheze didn’t perform so well compared to the previous ones.
The sassy singer has a lot on her plate, from taking care of her kids to working on her music, traveling and managing her businesses, but one person lifts this load from Akothee, her manager, by the name Nelson Oyugi aka Nelly.
The two have a very good working relationship and the manager has been able to help her propel her music career to greater heights, but he’s just not a manager, he’s a very close friend and in the last couple of months, there have been allegations that they could be more than friends.
Akothe and Nelly are always spending time together whether it’s about music, events or tours for Akothee or family celebrations, you will never miss him around. Nelly refers to Akothee as his queen and their recent photos just keep fueling rumours about their romance.
“The warmest wishes to a special person in my life, who has the biggest heart in the world. Thank you for being with me through thick and thin, you know you can always count on me.Whenever I count my blessings I thank God that I met you.You will always shine like the sun and spread joy and love to everyone around you,” Nelly told Akothee on her birthday.
None of them has come out to speak out on whether it’s all about the work or whether there’s something more. Still, men and women can still be close friends without any romantic feelings.
Check out some of their photos that will make you question their relationship status.
Gin Ideal is one of the fast rising artistes in the Kenyan music industry. The petite female singer is the hit maker to the song Rede that topped charts barely a day after its release.
The singer who is irresistibly one sexy lass got to sit down with this writer and reveal her dream man. Since she got into the music game, Gin has been driving city boys all crazy on social media for what they term as her hotness. Lucky are those who have met her.
Gospel singer Willy Paul aka Willy Pozze is known for a lot of controversies in the past, but of late, he seems to have taken a chill pill.
However, despite all the scandals, the Fanya hit-maker is still a favorite to many and one of the top artistes in Kenya.
Willy Paul is currently riding high with his collaboration with Jamaican songstress Alaine, after pulling a publicity stand that they had gotten married to market the song.
The gospel act has however has been linked to a lot of women and at some point he revealed that he was walking down the aisle, but that never materialized either.
If you keep up with showbiz, you know that Willy Paul and his frenemy, Bahati have been at logger heads since they both came into the industry, though they actually started out as friends.
However, the two seem to have patched things up in the last couple of months and they haven’t had beef with each other for a while now.
But fans seem to think that the two still compete in one way or the other through their stunts and behaviors. Willy Paul recently shared a picture while holding an adorable baby girl, with a caption that read; “Any questions?”
Fans did not take this gesture lightly, with some saying that he’s just copying Bahati, while others paused the question of when he will get his own kids, as others simply criticised his songs.
His die hard fans supported him on the other hand, taking shots at those who were posting negative comments. Check out some of the posts below.
Nash Janson: But najua unafanya hivi kucopy bahati juu ulimwona amepost na mtoi….aki ww utawai taka kushindwa and you will never be the king…baha aliweka na prayer partner wake ikaweka zako na dem fulani mzungu before alaine akuje so baha akisema ameoa pia ww utaoa mtoshane
Iraitoh Joesse: My question is this,, utazaa wako wen???? kuna vitu tatu tu zilikushinda kucopy kwa DIAMOND (your god),,
(1) kusettle na bibi
(2) Tule tunywele twake katikati ya kichwa.
(3) Swag/mavazi yake,, but hua unatry though unatokea tu vitu zingine
Simon Okech: Thank you Willy Paul, I owe you my life. Yesterday I was in a comma, then the nurse played one of your songs, so I woke up and turned off the radio.
Jemere Dante: Mi sinanga wivu na wewe shida yako ni kucopy indirectly uliona Diamond amepost hii pic akisema haezi ishi bila hiyo spray ya mtoi wake na wewe na kiherehere unatafuta katoi kisha unajinunuisha spray. Ka nimedanganya usininunulie mutura
Celebrated rhumba superstar, Ferre Gola jetted into the country yesterday ahead of his dual Easter performance scheduled in Nairobi and Mombasa.
The Congolese star known for popular hit songs like; Tucheze featuring Kenya’s Victoria Kimani and 100 Kilos landed at 2 am had a meet-and-greet with fans in the afternoon at a Nairobi hotel where he opened up about his career as well as his love for Kenya.
“I am excited to be in Kenya! The country is very dear to my heart and Kenyans always receive me very well compared to other countries I have been to,” he said.
When quizzed about his musical journey, Ferre revealed that the journey has not been a bed of roses as many may think, since he had to put in hard work and perseverance to make it to the top.
“It has taken years and years of hard work, perseverance and utter discipline to get where I am. I did not just shoot into success overnight, out of anywhere,” said Ferre before adding that he is open to working with Kenyan artistes but there is a catch. “I am ready to collaborate with any Kenyan act as long as our style of music match.”
During his meet and greet, he thrilled hundreds of fans when he performed his popular 100 kilos, promising to give them a show of a lifetime in his scheduled performances.
Ferre is set to take the stage at KICC tonight before flying to Mombasa on Easter Monday, for a concert at Mamba village.
Currently, Ferré Gola has three albums, including Sens Interdit (2007), Qui est derrière toi (2009) and Boîte noire. His musical repertoire consists of nearly 60 beautiful songs.
Check out the photos from his meet and greet below.
Maina Kageni is one of most popular and renowned Kenyan radio personalities.
Before his big break on radio, the celebrated media personality was a TV news anchor, known for his confident and deep voice which gives him an authoritative personality.
Maina Kageni’s breakfast show is the most popular morning program in Nairobi, mostly known for its relationship conversations and discussions where Kenyans call in to give their take on marital issues.
Other than just the topics on relationships, Maina Kageni is also a big lover of music, and over the years, he has changed the Classic 105 playlist from just classic and old school songs to local and African playlists.
When it comes to artistes, Maina Kageni has his list of his favorite singers that he openly confesses to loving be it local, East African or from other parts of the continent.
His list of best songs changes according to new music releases, however there are some songs that he doesn’t get tired of listening to, no matter how old the song is, for example, Jose Chameleone’s Tubonge.
His love songs are out of this world and Maina Kageni confessed that his song Mbayuwayu makes him get goosebumps because of the songs message, to the voice and smooth beats. There’s no doubt that this song is truly catchy and breath-taking.
Listen to the short audio below as Maina Kageni almost loses his mind confessing his love for Marlaw’s Mbayuwayu hit song.
So this happened…..the Sisters With Voices (SWV) and Blackstreet rocked the stage at KICC last night. And of course, we were there to catch all the action.
Singing hit songs such as ‘Weak’, I’m So Into You’ and ‘We Right Here,’ the crowd couldn’t get enough of these beautiful ladies. Singing along to their old school tracks was the name of the game and Blackstreet’s performance was on fire with their hit track ‘No Diggity‘ leaving the crowd in a state of euphoria. Let’s just say that when ‘Money Can’t Me Love’ was performed, a lot of so called lovers realised that it’s true in the sense that you may love someone or just love their money.
Well, without further ado, check out the exclusive photos below;
On today’s Classic Countdown, we sample music from the year that Bill Clinton was inaugurated as 42nd US President. From the likes of Sade to UB40, take a listen to these awesome songs that are sure to leave you with some great memories.
Every generation has love songs that defines the term ‘love’ for them. This is true whether you are 60 or 13. We all have that song that is ours. Or so we think.
The truth, however, is that we aren’t exactly snowflakes. There are millions of other people who share our taste in music and that is why songs such as African Woman by 2face Idibia (which isn’t Kenyan) but it defined love for an entire generation.
Vincent and I sat down and had a look at some of these love songs and we came up with the following list: